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More than a dozen Black student athletes at Mount Royal University say the school has been slow to offer its support.

“Enough is enough,” says Orest Ndabaneze, a member of MRU’s soccer team and one of 16 Cougars who penned a letter to school administrators demanding improvements on campus and more support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We’re calling on you to help us fight against racism at MRU,” reads the letter sent this week to MRU president Tim Rahilly and forwarded to other campus officials, including Karla Karch, director of Cougars athletics, and student union leaders.

Some schools, including the University of Guelph and the University of Calgary, have posted online messages of support for Black Lives Matter.

Ndabaneze said those who penned the letter want Mount Royal to acknowledge racism on campus and to take the proper measures against it.

Mount Royal Cougars soccer star Orest Ndabaneze poses for a photo on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

“I was real upset about the school not making any public announcements on what’s going to change,” Ndabaneze said. “The fact that Cougars athletics and recreation was asking how they can help was like an insult because that’s only a small fraction of the school, we want to reach the whole school.”

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